LA:RISE participant Teddy, now employed full-time as a supervisor
Before enrolling in LA:RISE at social enterprise Center for Employment Opportunities (CEO), Teddy faced several barriers to finding and keeping employment. The restrictions of his probation presented an obstacle, and without a steady place to live, Teddy was at-risk of experiencing homelessness.

He was eager to get his foot in the door and feel the pride that comes from working.

At CEO, he gained valuable experience working with a diverse group of people. He said he is proud of his team’s work and enjoys stepping up to handle any job that needs to be done.

After he completed his transitional employment, Teddy began work as a full-time site supervisor at CEO. Every day he is excited to go to work with his CEO team – he says they’re like family.

Teddy now hopes to pay it forward as a role model for others.

Los Angeles Regional Initiative for Social Enterprise (LA:RISE)
A Social Enterprise Solution to Help the At-Risk Join the Workforce

EWDD is a leadership team partner of LA:RISE, an innovative, collaborative partnership that unites the City and County of Los Angeles’ Workforce Development System (WDS) with non-profit social enterprises and for-profit employers to help men and women with high barriers to employment get good jobs and stay employed.

The City’s WorkSource Centers and LA:RISE prioritize individuals recently released from prison, the unsheltered or those at risk of homelessness, and youth ages 18-24 who are neither in school nor employed. After working in a transitional job at a social enterprise, leveraging WorkSource Center training and services, LA:RISE participants are placed in permanent jobs within the private or the public sector.

This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of March 8, 2021. Read this issue and more.